For Community-based Clinical Instructors

A clinical program in speech-language pathology and audiology is only as strong as its community support. SLHS is privileged to have working audiologists and speech-language pathologists mentor and train our students as a part of the educational program. We cannot thank you enough.

Spotlight on Clinical Instructors

We are happy to highlight Sarah Burton-Romero, MS, CCC-SLP, speech-language pathologist at Northwest Medical Center in Tucson. She shares:

Sarah Burton-RomeroI am a proud alumna of the UA Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences Department (2002, 2004). I have spent most of my career so far working as a hospital based SLP, assessing and treating adults with communication and swallowing disorders. The medical setting is appealing to me because of the fast pace and varied patient population. In this setting, SLPs need to be able to think on their feet and demonstrate the ability to adapt to change quickly. I've worked hard to achieve specialty training in order to provide high quality FEES and MBS assessments.

It's rewarding to help graduate students navigate their way through a hospital based system. We focus on teaching and modeling how to use evidence based evaluation and treatment skills and to become effective communicators with patients and staff. I am very appreciative to UA for the mentorship opportunities I had during graduate school and I look forward to providing ongoing clinical mentorship each year.

Looking for some information to further your skills as a clinical educator?

The Council on Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders has a White Paper on Preparation of Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Educators.

ASHA's Ad Hoc Committee on Supervision published a report on Knowledge, Skills, and Training Consideration for Individuals Serving as Supervisors

Speech-Language Services in Arizona's Schools: Guidelines for Best Practice

ASHA has some informative teaching tools as well as answers to frequently asked questions. Are you considering becoming a clinical instructor? ASHA has some insight for you, too, as well as a how-to for new supervisors.

AAA nicely defines roles and responsibilities.

The ASHA Leader has published many informative articles on supervision:

Special Interest Group 11, Administration and Supervision, provides information on best practices in supervision. They organized a list of student supervision articles.

There are resources for Monolingual and Bilingual SLPs working in Bilingual Settings:

Other organizations provide insight on specific skills:

Click here for a list of classic texts that overview philosophical and practical aspects of supervision in speech-language pathology and audiology.